Coral weapons?
Hello all,

Did anyone anywhere ever make weapons out of coral? I know that coral has been used in Europe and other places for decoration, and sometimes as part of a weapon. But did anyone ever make the weapon part out of coral?
Maybe as part of a club or something on some Caribbean or pacific islands, but it probably wasn't very common.
Coral is calcium carbonate, aka limestone. It's pretty soft and brittle. It would be prone to shatter upon impact, which could make for a nasty wound but probably wouldn't last for too many uses.
That's not to say it couldn't be used.[/i]
Some types of coral would make nasty caltrops. Carribean fortifications were sometimes made of coral and a mortar made of sand and molasses.
Then it sounds like it definitely would not be used for weapons.
Re: Coral weapons?
Yes, you're right, Michael.
Corals cannot be made into weapons because they can easily break like a twig, rendering them unsuitable.
Although coral has presumably never been used for the business end of a weapon, it has been used in the ornate construction of hilts. Here is a ludicrous idea... What if native peoples somehow grew cultures of stinging corals on the end of sticks, and when battle was upon them drew them from their marine habitats to sting the heck out of opponents. :lol:
If the battle was short enough they might even be able to get them back into the water soon enough.
Lol, probably not a good avenue of research. Though useful for me, the reason I posted this article in the first place was for help with underwater cultures in an rpg I made.
Coral has been used as weapons.

The ancient Tongarevans (from Perhyn Atoll in the Cook Islands) used chunks of coral as projectiles, which they threw by hand, i imagine not unlike a baseball.

They also used a fibrous mushroom called Poerare in the manufacture of their weapons. This mushroom, also known as Kana in it's dried form, only grows on coral.

The dried Poerare was used as a sandpaper for smoothing the weapons, which included throwing spears (To) which averaged 10 feet long, Truncheons (Motumotu), Heavy Clubs (Korare) used only by men, and special spear-breaking oar-shaped clubs (Tamutu), used only by women. :eek:

They would be shaped with tools, sanded to ideal shape with the skin from a stingray's tail, and finished to smooth (polished?) with the Poerare mushroom. The weapons were also often beautifully carved. The points of stingray tails are said to have often been used as spearheads.

It all sounds to me like something an underwater culture could possibly do as well...

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